Master of the Mix
Master of the Mix is a reality television series and disc jockey competition. The 2010 season of the show had eight episodes and seven disc jockeys. The show was hosted by Just Blaze and judged by Kid Capri. Biz Markie was a regular guest. The contestants were DJ Jazzy Joyce, Rich Medina, Vikter Duplaix, DJ Scratch, DJ Rap, DJ Revolution, and DJ Mars. The show aired half-hour episodes on Wednesday nights on the Centric television network with encore Saturday airings on Black Entertainment Television. The show, which debuted on November 3, 2010, is presented by Smirnoff.
|Master of the Mix|
|Created by||Karl Carter|
|Written by||Michael McQuarn|
|Directed by||Michael McQuarn|
|Presented by||Just Blaze (2010-2012)|
Amanda Seales (2013-present)
|Judges||Kid Capri (2010-present)|
Amber Rose (2011-2012)
Vikter Duplaix (2011-2012)
Mia Moretti (2013-present)
Ben Maddahi (2013-present)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||28|
|Executive producer(s)||Karl Carter|
|Running time||30 minutes (2010-2012)|
60 Minutes (2013-present)
|Original network||Black Entertainment Television / Centric (2010-2012)|
|Original release||November 3, 2010 –|
June 3, 2013
Ben Silverman announced in September 2010 that his production company, Electus, in partnership with branded entertainment agency GTM, would produce the show with financing from Diageo, parent of Smirnoff. The private screening premier on was held in New York City on November 2 and was attended by various luminaries in the Hip Hop music industry such as Grandmaster Flash.
The seven competitors have various wide-ranging experiences. Some have Grammy Award nomination; others have sold millions of albums; some have worked with some of the most popular current recording artists in the world. Among the DJs are the DJs of the Rock Steady Crew and EPMD. During the series the DJs compete in various challenges at venues across the world and most episodes will have eliminations. The surviving DJ who is chosen as "Master of the Mix" will win the sponsorship of Smirnoff as their official DJ at international Smirnoff-sponsored events for an entire year. The total value of the prize package, which includes custom-made Smirnoff bottle is $250,000.
Season 1 (2010)Edit
The season begins in Miami, Florida at a posh residence. Although there was a competition, 3 DJ's were eliminated in the first episode. In the second week, DJ Dimepiece was eliminated in a challenge at a Las Vegas club where the DJ's competed without being able to see the audience.
|DJ Jazzy Joyce||Eliminated|
|1||"Crash Course"||November 3, 2010||101|
|The competition to name the top DJ kicks off in the premiere of this series hosted by Just Blaze and featuring Kid Capri as a judge.|
|2||"I Choose"||November 10, 2010||102|
|The DJs react to crowds without being able to see them.|
|3||"Crate Challenge"||November 17, 2010||103|
|The DJs add personal touches to their sets in Miami.|
|4||"Yacht Challenge"||November 24, 2010||104|
|The DJs perform on a yacht.|
|5||"Scratch Challenge"||December 1, 2010||105|
|The DJs have a scratch-off in New York City.|
|6||"Alternative Music Challenge"||December 8, 2010||106|
|The DJs perform for a different type of crowd than usual.|
|7||"Remix Challenge"||December 15, 2010||107|
|The DJs spin their own music.|
|8||"The Finale London: Hero vs. Hero Challenge"||December 22, 2010||108|
|Vikter Duplaix and DJ Scratch battle it out to determine who will be the champion. Winner, DJ Scratch.|
Season 2 (2011–2012)Edit
|Energizer Tha DJ||Eliminated|
|DJ Mell Starr||Eliminated|
|DJ Total Eclipse||Eliminated|
|DJ Nicole Leone||Eliminated|
|1||"Auditions"||November 5, 2011||201|
|Season 2 kicks off with auditions to find the 10 best DJs.|
|2||"Fluffed"||November 12, 2011||202|
|In Season 2's inaugural test, some of the DJs display their talents on a rooftop in Hollywood.|
|3||"Whipped"||November 19, 2011||203|
|The DJ battle continues in Hollywood when the second contingent of contestants try to prove their talents.|
|4||"Blind"||November 26, 2011||204|
|The DJs spin their magic in North Carolina. On the flip side, one DJ is accused of possibly cheating.|
|5||"Go-Go"||December 3, 2011||205|
|The DJs face the music by competing in Washington, D.C., and performing with the go-go funk band Rare Essence.|
|6||"House"||December 10, 2011||206|
|The contestants breeze into Chicago and are tasked to spin at a house-music party for music figure Ron Trent. And a surprise twist awaits the DJs during elimination.|
|7||"Scratch"||December 17, 2011||207|
|A scratch challenge ensues in New York City, but one DJ seemingly sets out to avoid the test.|
|8||"Rock the Boat"||December 24, 2011||208|
|The DJs return to Los Angeles to rock the boat. They wage a spin-and-scratch battle on a boat, but rolling waves and a mighty wind make the challenge that much more difficult.|
|9||"Final Challenge"||January 7, 2012||209|
|The remaining DJs square off in the final challenge by showcasing their talents at the biggest bash of the season. Rapper Wiz Khalifa appears.|
|10||"Master Finale"||January 14, 2012||210|
|The winning DJ is named in the Season 2 finale, which features a reunion and a review of the season. The winner scores $250,000. Winner, DJ P.|
Season 3 (2013)Edit
The season begins with final auditions at Club Frequency in Miami, Florida.
|DJ Fly Guy||Eliminated|
|DJ Tina T||Eliminated|
|DJ Lisa Pittman||Eliminated|
|DJ Infa Red||Eliminated|
|1||"Auditions"||April 1, 2013||301|
|It's day one of the competition and it's already surprise elimination day. The DJs arrive in Miami and are automatically told that they aren't all really finalists; they will have to compete today to receive a spot in the final 12. After they find out this shocking news, they are all taken to the bar back where they will wait until their name is called to go into the club and fight for a chance to stay in the competition.|
|2||"Shake It Up"||April 9, 2013||302|
|In the second episode, the DJs all get assigned three songs that they have to incorporate into their three-minute sets: a crowd favorite, a song that's rarely heard and a song that's difficult to work into a set. What happens when the judges deliberate and have to eliminate someone from the competition?|
|3||"Hip Hop"||April 16, 2013||303|
|The hip hop challenge divides the group: some of the DJs are excited to show off their hip hop knowledge while others simply hope to get through the day and slide by into the round. Fortunately for all the DJs guest judge Cut Chemist is on hand to share his hip hop expertise.|
|4||"Speak With Your Hands"||April 23, 2013||304|
|The DJs hit the workshop to prepare a set that shares the story of their life. The DJs share their family roots, life struggles and more in a rousing and moving day of competition.|
|5||"Ode to Miami"||April 30, 2013||305|
|Surprise guest judge DJ Irie arrives to take the DJs on a tour and journey around some of Miami's most cultural parts of town. DJ Irie wants the DJs to use what they learn on the tour as inspiration for their sets. Do the contestants take DJ Irie's tour and advice to heart?|
|6||"Half & Half"||May 7, 2013||306|
|This challenge has the DJs pairing up and sharing their turntable (and the spotlight) with another contestant. Dream teams are formed, surprise partnerships take off and others fizzle.|
|7||"Invent or Get Sent"||May 14, 2013||307|
|The DJs are thrown for a loop when they're pitted against each other in a particularly challenging and inventive set request. The judges stir things up even more when they make a surprising announcement about an eliminated contestant.|
|8||"Bend the Ten"||May 21, 2013||308|
|There are only five DJs left in the competition and things are really heating up. After some bonding with the judges and relieving the stress the DJs get back to work on the most grueling challenge yet.|
|9||"Remix"||May 28, 2013||309|
|It's down to the final 4. And not only are the stakes high, but anxiety levels are high and rising as well. The DJs begin their day at world famous Circle House Recording Studios where they are told about the "Remix" challenge. In this challenge, they will have to remix one of Grammy Award winning artist Estelle's songs.|
|10||"Master of Your Mix"||June 3, 2013||310|
|The final three DJs knuckle down and focus on their sets. All three DJs meet with directors of art, lighting and more as they prepare to put on a show for the crown of "Master of the Mix". Winner, DJ Jayceeoh.|
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